Philippines, Japan sign space cooperation pact

The Philippines and Japan have signed an agreement on space cooperation as Manila looks forward to more opportunities for Filipinos to access and benefit from space, the Philippine embassy in Tokyo said.

Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano Jr., director general of the Philippine Space Agency, and Dr. Yamakawa Hiroshi, president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, signed the partnership during a virtual ceremony held recently.

The memorandum aims to provide a framework of cooperation in a number of areas, including space applications, satellite development and promotion of space industry.

Marciano said, “As we sign this agreement, we look back to what our country has been able to achieve in space over a relatively short period of time, and how Japan has contributed substantially to those efforts.”

He cited the work done by the PhilSA in launching the Diwata and Maya microsatellites, along with other investments.


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